In Leadership part 2 of 3 I asked you to:-
1] Think about 3 reasons you should always question leadership orders before you do anything about them.
2] Think about 3 of your leadership qualities
3] Think about 3 leadership qualities you have seen in others
Now, let us discuss these three questions in more detail.
1. Let us question- Why is a particular person in a position of authority, is it because they are there due to their leadership qualities, or because they have managed to get there [for whatever silly reason i.e. [jobs for the boys] etc. Just take for example how the Australian’s fought at Gallipoli under the flowered British leadership. Our men were slaughtered! Yet, stupidly we follow another foreign leader into the Vietnam War. Wouldn’t you think Australia would learn from the first disaster? Yet, despite protests, from our men and those of USA men, the soldiers were marched off to war, and, to make matters worse, subscription was introduced. What was the outcome of this war? A lot of emotional difficulties from our Vietnam Vets, and deaths. Plus, we did not win the war, Vietnam is still run by the communist government, which is what the war was meant to stop, to stop the North invading the South.
April 2015, here we go again, sending our soldiers under foreign command, to fight and teach other soldiers how to fight their own wars. For what reason I ask? They ran away the first time, will it happen again? What a waste of money, time and death!
Leaders! Question them, question them and question them! In this situation, Australia does not have leaders, they have not learned from history. Lesson one – leaders learn from the past.
The so called leaders of the day, have not thought of alternatives, instead of blindly following some idiots who take our soldiers to their unnecessary death. Question the qualities of the leaders and see if there is another alternative to solving the problem. Lesson two – think of various alternatives, don’t go into things blindly.
I must say, the protests were loud and clear that we did not want to go to Vietnam and fight! It was not our war. Lesson three- Listen to others when making decisions that involved a whole nation, or whatever organisation that one works for.
So, 1. Learn from the past so you don’t make the same mistakes, 2. Think of alternatives to solving a problem and 3. Listen to other people’s input. Consider these three points, then question if a particular person is a good leader or not.
I use the horrible example of war to demonstrate what bad leaders do to us, they destroy nations! Here we are on the verge of a hundred years since Gallipoli, and still the Australian leaders have not learned anything from history, blindly they send our soldiers off under foreign command. Although I detest war, I am not saying that we should not fight under foreign command at the right time, what I am saying is that we need to follow someone who is in actual fact a true leader, whether they are foreign leaders or Australian leaders.
Question, question and question the people who are in the position of power and leadership. Why? Because some people are not leaders, they just bleat out crap, and that crap might be detrimental to your life, and your life counts! Whether they are so called leaders in war, in your job or clubs you might belong to, question them and their decisions. It is not the first person who has suicided in a job due to the bullying of a boss. Bosses are not all leaders!
2. Have you thought about your three leadership qualities, as I suggested in part 2 of 3? If you are not in a position of leadership, you might question why you would bother. It is because the person who is in charge of you at work or whatever situation you find yourself accountable to, might just have absolutely no leadership qualities whatsoever. So use your own inner leadership qualities to manage better in your situation. So, while you think of your three leadership qualities, let me use the above three examples to make my point.
1] Learn from the past- What has the person you are accountable to [in your job, clubs etc] done to annoy, upset you? A] Identify how they do this to you. B] Identify your reaction to them when they are upsetting you. Do you always respond to them in the same way, if so, it is time for you to think of some strategies to deal with them so they do not have the same negative effect on you. Instead of reacting to how they treat you, plan your response and act accordingly. Muster up the leadership within you and treat them differently. Do not let non leaders control and destroy your life. C] Think of various alternatives- Change your mind set in how you are going to act to them in future.
Oh I know, they are the ones who are supposed to be the leaders and take the responsibility. The fact is, if they are not leaders they will not take responsibility and still annoy you. So you in fact have to deal with the dysfunctional leadership by acting as a leader yourself.
3. In Leadership part 2 of 3, I suggested that you think about three leadership qualities you see in others. I am actually not going to name three, what I am going to do, is ask you to do so, if you have not already done so when you read part 2 of 3. Why am I doing this? I don’t want to lead you, I want you to look within yourself, find your own leadership qualities so that you can deal with any situation in life, especially if you are unfortunate enough to work under a dysfunctional leader or system of leaders.
My message is loud and clear, do not put up with crap from people who are in positions of power/leadership that do not have the skills to go with their job. It is detrimental to your health and wellbeing. I know I was shocked when my friend suicided due to constant bullying from her so called boss/leader. Here we are, 100 years after Gallipoli, and still, the lesson by Australians so called politicians of the day have not been learnt their lessons. Do not send our soldiers to war, before you question and question why you are doing this! What skills do the so called leaders who take them to war have?
You only live once, live life to the max! Question leadership in others, and become a leader yourself by looking within for your own answers